After the Nanowrimo 20 Questions Tag I became curious about other tags that might be going on I discovered one called The Autumn Tag on many blogs. I wasn’t tagged, but I’ll tag the blogs I found this tag on. Adventures of a Bibliophile, Perfectly Tolerable, Jenniely, and Papereyedgirl are the blogs, make sure you check out their Are You Ready for Sweater Weather posts.

Hot Chocolate–what is your comfort book?

Over the years it changed from a classic like Dracula to a biography and back. So my comfort book is anything that keeps me interested.

Pumpkin Carving–what is your favorite creative outlet?

Anything writing or artistic. I’ve went back and forth on projects in recent years. Blogging, books, and being creative with my son.

Falling Leaves–changes that appear bad but you secretly love?

I wouldn’t say ‘love’ per se, but something I appreciate and that’s all the things good and bad I’ve gone through. With age, I’ve learned to find the lessons in the bad in life. It’s helped me understand and grow.

Pumpkin Spiced Latte–something you love that others judge

I’ve felt judgement for foods and coffee. I’m a pineapple on a pizza type of gal (oh no I’m a monster! lol). I’m also a fan of heavy cream in my coffee and flavored coffees like pumpkin spice, mocha, and anything new that catches my attention. I’ve felt the heat from coffee lovers and joke I’m sinning because I also love hot teas and many types of flavors of that.

Near the end of the year I end up chugging hot chocolate and abandoning coffees and teas for that hands down.

Bonfire Night–what makes you explode with joy?

The mother in me enjoys spending time with my son. Seeing him do good, learning something new on his own, and doing well in school really makes me happy. The writer in me sees joy when a reader has enjoyed something I’ve written.

Fright Night–favorite scary book or film

Interview with the Vampire, the movie and the book, are always on the top if not near the top of my favorites.

Halloween candy–favorite thing to eat

Sour patch kids.

Scarves–your autumn ‘must have’ accessory

Fingerless gloves. They keep my hands warm while working. Fuzzy socks keep the toes from freezing. My long hoodie sweater helps keep me warm. The theme here… staying warm.

Fire–a book or film that burns your soul

What Dreams May Come is a masterpiece to me. This movie is so beautiful and really keeps me thinking of the possibilities of the afterlife. One of my favorite Robin Williams films.

Toffee apples–a book or film that seems one thing but really has a different inside

Life’s That Way by Jim Beaver. I knew briefly what the memoir was about before reading it, but once I got into it I was catching myself laughing here and there. It’s a touching book about a time in his life of dealing with his wife, who got diagnosed with cancer, her death, and life as a single father. I never expected it to be funny along with all the other rollercoaster ride of emotions it became. It’s one of those books I keep recommending to people repeatedly.


I want to challenge James Master to do this tag. It seems he has done nothing like this and I want to see what The Writer’s Apocalypse site can come up with.

The tour begins October 29th and every day after for a month a new blogger will share new goodies! The important thing to remember is if you visit before the date at 3am central time the links will be broken, so visit on the day or after.

Oct 29

kickoff at Silver Dagger Book Tours

Nicolie-Olie’s Meanderings 

Oct 30

Mythical Books 

Haney Hayes Promotions 

Oct 31 

Luv Saving Money 

Taryn Jameson 

Nov 1

Antrim Cycle 

The Sexy Nerd ‘Revue’  

Nov 2 

Java John Z’s  

Insane Books 

Nov 3

2 chicks and a book 

Scrupulous Dreams 

Nov 4

Yearwood La Novela  

A Pinch of Bookdust 

Nov 5

Book-Lover 

Literary Gold  

Nov 6 

3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too!  

Bedazzled By Books  

Nov 7

Book Corner News and Reviews  

Book Fanatics 

Nov 8

Breanna Hayse Romance 

Maiden of the Pages 

Nov 9 

Inside the Insanity 

Pen Possessed  

Nov 10 

Drako’s Den 

The Bookshelf Fairy 

Nov 11

Always Love Me Some Books Blog 

Reviews and Promos by Nyx 

Blogs By Nyx  

Nov 12 

Dragon’s Den 

Craving Lovely Books 

Nov 13

Better Read Than Undead  

T’s Stuff  

Nov 14

Girl with Pen  

Sylv.net 

Nov 15 

TNT Book Promotions 

A Blend of Sass and Class Blog 

T.L. Gray Blog 

Nov 16

Books, Authors, Blogs 

The Book Dragon 

Nov 17

A Wonderful World of Words 

Nov 18

Alternative-Read.com 

Fyrekatz Blog 

Nov 19

4covert2overt ☼ A Place In The Spotlight ☼ 

Word Processor, Romance, Cats, Kids and Creed 

Nov 20

LaGina 

Chapters through life 

Nov 21 

❧Defining Ways❧ 

The Scratching Post  

Nov 22

Readeropolis  

nanasbookreviews 

Nov 23

ⒾⓃⓉⓇⓄⓈⓅⒺⒸⓉⒾⓋⒺ ⓅⓇⒺⓈⓈ 

Teatime and Books  

Nov 24

All the Ups and Downs 

Twisted Book Ramblings 

Nov 25

books are love 

Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’  

Nov 26

Books all things paranormal and romance 

Paranormal Romance Trance 

Nov 27 

eBook Addicts 

Midnight Book Reader 

Nov 28

Thanksgiving Day

Nov 29

Sapphyria’s Book Reviews  

Momma Says: To Read or Not to Read 

How do you handle literary criticism?

I understand its part of the entire industry. I’ve seen it come in several forms like from the editors of my work to even unsolicited reviewers or readers. The only thing that can be done is nod and keep moving forward.

How much ‘world building’ takes place before you start writing?

It depends. I sometimes have the world before writing, sometimes I write and realize I must flush out the world more. Either way, it happens and must for my characters be able to work within the limitations of the world I’ve created.

Where do you get your inspiration?

Everywhere. I’ve taken a lot of ideas from nightmares and dreams I’ve had. Some element from a show or some element from something has done or said will inspire me even if I’m not needing it. Something just clicks and the wheels turn.

Do you write listening to music? If so, what music inspired or accompanied this current book?

I listen to rock music, dark cinematic music, southern rock, or dark ambient music. I’ve I’m writing something set at a special time, like the 1980s I’ll listen to the music of that period to help inspire the world building I’m placing my characters.

Share something your readers wouldn’t know about you.

I have high functioning anxiety, depression, and ptsd. Which all means I will drill myself into the ground, burn out because I’m trying to do to my best, and overly worry about things that shouldn’t be worried about. It’s draining emotionally and mentally.

If you could only have one season, what would it be?

Autumn.

If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?

Hmm. Smart, creative, and stubborn.

Does a big ego help or hurt writers?

I’ve never seen it help a writer. Confidence in yourself and your work is beautiful, but letting yourself get a big head isn’t a quality personality trait whether you’re a writer or not. Overly confident actions that become cocky, to me, send a red flag that shows insecurities that the person is trying to overcompensate for to mask themselves in a ‘better light’.

How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

The first work I published I eventually unpublished it. It taught me a lot. I didn’t know much about the industry when I did this work and I learned the proper process to getting things out as an independently published author. Eventually, with all I learned because of this I approached the entire publishing process differently. I think this helped as the books to come have made their way to publishers. It changed the course of my career and perspective entirely.

What Is The Best Part Of What You Do?

Meeting fans and networking. This surprises me as I’m very introverted and a homebody, but it’s like I come alive or wake up almost around others. This side of me comes out I didn’t know was even there. I enjoy greeting fans, readers, others in the industry, and other writers.